Road trip in South Africa - What an epic way to see this beautiful country

Road trip in South Africa - What an epic way to see this beautiful country

How many do you know that have done a road trip in South Africa? We know about it and can promise you it is epic, an experience of a lifetime! The impressions you get on the way is hard to describe with words. It is a country of beauty, contrasts and full of adventures.  

One of the smoothest ways to get there is by flying with Turkish Airlines and take a stop-over in Istanbul, an amazing city you can choose to spend a few days, before reaching the most southern country in Africa.

✈️ Flight route ✈️

Home – Istanbul – Johannesburg // Cape Town – Home
// = do THE road trip of a life time with a cool campervan or motorhome

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Road trip in South Africa – 7 stops on the bucket list!

With the possibility to fly in to Johannesburg and have the return trip from Cape Town (or the other way around), you have so many experiences on the way! Get your campervan or motorhome and make sure to add these 7 stops on an epic roadtrip in South Africa.

We recommend you to spend 4-5 weeks on this road trip, it is at more than 3000 km driving. If you are limited by the time, you can fly in to Port Elizabeth and drive to Jeffrey's Bay as first stop, then 2 weeks is a good time frame.

1. Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is one of the largest game reserves in Africa, and in terms of wildlife one of the world's greatest national parks, one of the national parks you have the chance to see all of the Big 5 in a very lush and green environment.

See lions among other animals on a safari in Kruger National Park

It is an amazing experience to be surrounded by elephants, giraffes, hippos and other amazing animals. You can both drive yourself or go on a safari tour, just keep in mind that if you drive yourself you might not see all the animals, as you do not have the insight knowledge.

2. Drakensberg

Drakensberg South Africa

The highest mountains in South Africa. Because of its range of plant life and the richest collection of San rock paintings in Africa, it has been declared a World Heritage Site. Green and beautiful rural area for the ones that loves raw nature. Amazing for hiking and to forget about the rest of the world.

3. Durban

Durban is a cool place and a city many travelers unfortunately miss on an adventure in South Arica. Being among South Africa’s biggest cities, you find good shopping (many local designers), cool restaurants and amazing beaches for both bathing and surfing.

Durban, South Africa

Durban is a cool place and a city many travelers unfortunately miss on an adventure in South Arica. Being among South Africa’s biggest cities, you find good shopping (many local designers), cool restaurants and amazing beaches for both bathing and surfing.

4. Coffee Bay

This is a small remote cozy getaway place located in one of South Africa’s most unspoilt areas: The Wild Coast. You drive through green hills and rural local areas with colorful clay houses, to get down to this little paradise.

South Africa, locals in Coffe Bay

There is a nice beach where dolphins often can be spotted playing around, and has good conditions for surfing! You can even join our surfcamp if you want to learn how to get up on the board like a pro. Or why not take a hike along the beach to Hole In the Wall. The road is tarred the whole way, however it has quite a few potholes after about half-way, so drive carefully and plan to arrive in daylight. Keep an eye out for stray animals and pedestrians.

5. Jeffrey’s Bay

A charming town located on the Eastern Cape, also called J-Bay. Ranked as one of the top 10 surf spots in the world, including famous surf spot Super tubes, seen by many as the best right hand surf break in the world! There are more reasons for having J-Bay on the list; it is a paradise of sunshine, dolphins, surf shops on just about every corner and a bunch of surf outlets.

Surfer Jay Bay South Africa

The bustling town is bordered on both sides by nature reserves and rivers, has a good selection of coffee shops, fast food takeaways, great seafood and calamari and restaurants.

6. Wilderness

Wilderness is truly a place of timeless beauty, with great hospitality and relaxed atmosphere. It can be referred as a hippie town due to the craft men and their art shops. Although it is small, you have a lot to enjoy; brilliant nature, adrenaline filled activities, beautiful beaches and numerous vantage points from which to watch the whales and dolphins.

South Africa Kaimaan River Wilderness

Take a day down at Kaaimans River, rent a sup to the waterfall and just enjoy! There is a beautiful long beach here too. Beach bums be aware, the beach has a strong riptide which means swimming is not advised, only jump in between the red flags!

7. Franschhoek & Stellenbosch

Franschhoek Wine Yard South Africa

South Africa is busy making really great wine! Franschhoek and Stellenbosch are two wine districts not far from Cape Town, and we definitely recommend a visit to wither or both of them on your road trip in South Africa. Franschhoek is a small town situated between two valleys with one main street, while Stellenbosch is much a small student town with a more urban touch. 

 

10 great tips for your road trip in South Africa

  • Always carry a valid driver’s license and an authentication in English
  • Check the route conditions before you set off. The infrastructure is good on the highways, but not always on the rural areas.
  • Some roads are toll roads; make sure you have either a credit card or cash to pay.
  • Left-hand traffic so keep to the left
  • There is a high rate of traffic accidents so exercise caution, and keep an eye out for pedestrians, cyclist and wild animals that might be roaming around.
  • Never stop to feed wild animals – it is both dangerous and expensive (you can get a big fine)
  • Only drive during daylight
  • It is good idea to drive with your doors locked and windows up – especially in cities at night and at traffic lights. 
  • Do not have your bags visible – stow them under the seats or in the boot.
  • In general, be aware and keep your wits about you. 
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